Author Archives: Paul Zaich

Marathon athlete, Ken Harmon, attempts Double-Crossing of Tahoe, raises over $25,000 for charity

Marathon athlete, Ken Harmon, attempts Double-Crossing of Tahoe, raises over $25,000 for charity

Ken Harmon, a FINIS sponsored athlete, attempted to complete the first double-crossing of Lake Tahoe without a wetsuit on August 22nd. Ken ultimately decided to call off the swim after 10.2 miles and 5 hours of swimming due to weather … Continue reading

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How to use the Tech Toc for Short-Axis Strokes, Breaststroke and Butterfly

How to use the Tech Toc for Short-Axis Strokes, Breaststroke and Butterfly

As you probably already know, rotation is a key component for long-axis strokes, Freestyle and Backstroke. However, did you know the rolling of the hips is as equally important in Breaststroke and Butterfly? I have commented on the advantage of … Continue reading

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Sample Workout – Energy Systems

This is a sample workout that I swam yesterday. It focuses on swimming easy around 65% to 70% effort level which Clive Rushton calls the Aerobic Capacity energy system. Swimming at an easy effort level with a heart rate ranging … Continue reading

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Friday Float: 9/17

Friday Float: 9/17

If you haven’t seen it already, check out this video of us hauling a Turnmaster Pro, portable bulkhead, down the escalator at the ASCA World Clinic. It was quite a ride! National Team Head Coach Mark Schubert has taken a leave of … Continue reading

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Leverage your Workout with Equipment

Leverage your Workout with Equipment

Use equipment to customize workouts to your specific needs One challenge of swimming just a few days a week on a Masters team is that there is often very little continuity and cohesion between each workout. I sometimes find that … Continue reading

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Friday Float: 9/10

Friday Float: 9/10

Who says swimmers aren’t athletes? Peter Vanderkaay shows off his athletic talents with a flip into the water in this Club Wolverine video.   Believe it or not Paul Biedermann, the man who vanquished Ian Thorpe’s incredible 400 m Free … Continue reading

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Friday Float: Recapping a Week in Swimming 8/27

Each week the FINIS Blog will share a few of the interesting finds we’ve found out on the web. Sit back, enjoy the sun and And the debate about tech suits continues… The Washington Post released this interesting article after … Continue reading

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3 Tips to Getting up for Morning Workout

It’s that time of year for competitive swimmers. While most people count the “New Year” as January 1, I still like to consider it as September 1. The beginning of the swim season is the time to start fresh with … Continue reading

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5 Techniques to Improve Your Kick

5 Techniques to Improve Your Kick

We’ve talked before about how important it is to use your kick to maximize your speed and performance in the water and how ankle flexibility can help. Here are some more techniques for enhancing leg strength and muscle endurance. 1. … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Make Your Swim Workout More Interesting

Swimming by yourself can be a challenging activity. Swimming laps can quickly become monotonous. On top of that, it can be difficult to gauge your improvement and keep motivated throughout the year. With these challenges in mind, I hope I … Continue reading

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